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Vajont Territories, 2013 (ongoing)
‘In one hour, it became a desert’, people said.
The current day Vajont area was created from a tabula rasa which has been undergoing a slow readjustment over the last 50 years, during which time humans have re-appropriated the desert they induced.
Traces of this tabula rasa are still recognisable in the stratification, topography and inconsistencies of the area.
* About Vajont
On October 9th, 1963 at 10:39pm 260 million cubic meters of rock broke off from the top of Monte Toc.
It fell into the reservoir of the Vajont Dam producing an enormous wave of at least 50 million cubic meters of water.
The wall of water pushed an air pocket before it.
It was more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb.
So strong, in fact, that almost all the victims were found naked, their clothes blown off by the blast.
The dam, completed in 1959 and the biggest in the world at the time, did not suffer any serious damage. However, the flooding destroyed several villages in the valley and killed almost 2000 people.
It was, according to the Unesco, one of the worst man-made environmental catastrophes of all time.
The disaster wasn’t due to the evil nature of man but more to human negligence.